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The Global Energy Prize annually honors outstanding achievements in energy research and technology from around the world that are helping address the world’s various and pressing energy challenges.

The Global Energy Prize Opens International Media Competition

20 JANUARY 2017, Journalists and media organizations from around the world can now make their submissions for the annual Energy of Words Award beginning the 20 of January 2017.  This competition was established by the organizers of the Global Energy Prize, one of the world’s most respected awards in energy science. The Energy of Words Award aims to reward those who have written an illuminating story on the energy challenges faced worldwide or on any scientific innovations which provide new energy efficiencies.

Published stories can be submitted online via the Global Energy Prize website. The process takes only a few minutes and candidates can apply by following this link: Submissions are accepted in any language provided that an abstract of the article is submitted in English.

All submissions are evaluated for their depth, objectivity, style, and relevance to the global society. Articles, opinion pieces, and interviews published in journals, magazines, newspapers and online media sites are accepted.  Stories do not need to reference the Global Energy Prize or any of its sponsors, and may have been published at any time between 20 January 2016 and 20 January 2017. Entries must be in by 20 March 2017 and the winner(s) will be announced in April. The Global Energy Prize International Award Committee, which now includes 20 outstanding scientists and energy experts from 13 countries, will make the final decision on the winner(s).

The winner(s) will receive a weeklong all-expenses paid trip to St Petersburg, Russia this June, and will take part in the Global Energy Prize Laureate’s Week and The St. Petersburg International Economic Forum as a special guest. This also includes an invitation to attend the Global Energy Prize awards ceremony, which is presided over by the President of Russia, and the opportunity to carry out an exclusive interview with the new laureate(s) of the Global Energy Prize for 2017.

Last year the Energy of Words competition attracted entries from 39 countries in 20 different languages. The article “Gulf Castles of Sand” by UK journalist Robin Mills published in the Foreign Policy was considered the best. It was devoted to the economic situation in The Gulf countries (UAE, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia etc.) after the oil prices plummeting back in 2014.

Since the competition opened for journalists from all across the globe in 2011, the award has been granted to Terry Macalister (Guardian, UK), Kambiz Foroohar (Bloomberg Markets, USA), Martin Fackler (New York Times, USA), Natasha Loder (The Economist, UK), Kaixi Huang (Caixin Media, China), and others.

Terry Macalister: “It was a great boost for me getting the prize for writing about the impact of oil exploration off Greenland, and being in St. Petersburg during the International Economic Forum was a good opportunity to meet top business leaders from the West as well as Russia. The background seminar sessions were also particularly useful.”

Martin Fackler: “The Energy of Words is one of the few awards acknowledging journalists for outstanding achievements in illuminating energy sector. It is a great way to attract global mass media to this filed as well as to arouse interest in energy and ecology.”

Editor’s Notes:

The Energy of Words Award
The Energy of Words is an international media competition organised by the Global Energy Prize. It was created to encourage journalists to cover the most urgent energy issues facing the world today, to promote analysis of global energy trends and to contribute to the search for answers to energy challenges. Initially established in 2004 as a Russia-wide competition, in 2011 the award was opened up to journalists from around the world for the first time.

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